General practice 'top funding priority' for CCG finance chiefs
General practice is the number one priority for investment identified by CCG finance chiefs, a poll by a leading think tank shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Most urgent primary care services good or outstanding, says CQC
The majority of urgent primary care services - including walk-in and urgent care centres - in England are rated 'good' or 'outstanding', a CQC report reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Swift removal of GMC tribunal appeal powers vital to reassure profession
The government must move swiftly to strip the GMC of its power to appeal against medical tribunal decisions in the wake of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, medico-legal experts have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

RCGP urges GP practices to link up with local 'parkrun' events
GP surgeries will be encouraged to partner with local running events under an initiative launched by the RCGP and parkrun UK, which could see patients 'prescribed' outdoor activity to encourage healthy lifestyles. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

NHS must learn from 'catalogue of failures' behind Gosport deaths, says Hunt
Jeremy Hunt has apologised for the deaths of more than 450 patients killed by inappropriate prescribing of opioids at an NHS hospital and warned that the health service must ensure changes implemented since would prevent a similar incident in future. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Brexit will stop GPs joining specialist medical register 'for years'
Brexit negotiations mean that GPs could be waiting years before they are included on the specialist medical register, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

'Amazing' GP at Hand has made NHS look foolish, says RCGP chair
The NHS has been left looking foolish because it has failed to keep up with 'phenomenal' technology such as the GP at Hand system, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Third of GP time could be freed up by 'automation', says former health minister
Almost a third of GP time and more than half of practice support staff time could be freed up by harnessing the power of technology to automate elements of primary care workload, a former health minister has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

NHS health checks fall 'considerably short' of targets
The NHS health check programme has 'fallen considerably short' of its targets almost 10 years after it was launched, a report reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

PM confirms £20.5bn NHS England budget rise by 2023
Prime minister Theresa May has confirmed that NHS England's budget will rise by £20.5bn a year in real terms by 2023 in a major speech at a north London hospital. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

£20bn NHS funding boost by 2023 'still falls short', GPs warn
GP leaders have welcomed plans for a £20bn real-terms NHS funding boost by 2023 but warned it still falls short of the health service's needs - and demanded more detail on the share general practice will receive. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Pollsters handed £250,000 contract to investigate impact of GP at Hand
A market research firm carrying out a £250,000 investigation into the impact of the controversial GP at Hand service - including its long-term implications for the sustainability of traditional general practice - will publish initial findings by autumn. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS free to recruit unlimited number of overseas doctors under Home Office visa reform
Doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's cap on tier 2 visas under legislation to be presented in parliament on Friday, opening the door to unlimited NHS recruitment from overseas. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Record number of trainee GPs recruited in 2018
A record number of doctors have been recruited into general practice training this year, bringing Health Education England (HEE) close to its target of having 3,250 trainee GPs starting work in 2018/19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP leaders hail 'victory' as home secretary to relax visa cap on doctors
GP leaders have welcomed plans to relax immigration rules as a 'victory' for the NHS, with the home secretary expected to say that an existing cap on tier 2 visas will no longer apply to doctors and nurses. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Hunt remains 'fully committed' to state-backed GP indemnity from April 2019
The government remains 'fully committed to developing and implementing' a state-backed GP indemnity scheme from April 2019, according to an update published on Wednesday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Review to reinvigorate partnerships will deliver final report by end of 2018
A government-backed review to reinvigorate the GP partnership model will deliver an interim report by early autumn and final recommendations by the end of December, its GP chair has revealed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

International GP recruitment scheme signs up 58 doctors in two years
Just 58 doctors - none of whom can work until at least September - have joined the international GP recruitment programme in more than two years since the GP Forward View promised to bring in more primary care doctors from outside the UK. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Doctors refuse to pay GMC direct debit in Bawa-Garba protest
Doctors protesting over the GMC's handling of the Bawa-Garba case have urged the medical profession to join them in an act of 'civil disobedience' by refusing to pay their fees to the regulator via direct debit. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Heavy workload key factor behind poor GP ratings, warns CQC report
Problems triggered by heavy workload and staff vacancies are often to blame for poor practice, according to a report by the watchdog on 10 GP surgeries that secured dramatic improvements in their CQC rating. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP at Hand nears 30,000-patient mark as thousands more young patients join
Nearly 30,000 patients have now registered with the controversial GP at Hand video consultation service after more than 3,000 signed up in the month to 1 June, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs could be forced to publish data on patient deaths following Williams review
GPs could have to publish numbers of deaths thought to be due to problems in care, under government plans to extend a 'learning from deaths' policy rolled out to hospitals last year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Why the Williams review rejected calls to legally protect doctors' reflective notes
The GMC's decision to strike off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has left many doctors fearful that written reflective notes could be used against them in court - so why did the Williams review reject calls to give them legal protection? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Northern Ireland GPs to receive £8.8m boost under new GMS contract
GPs in Northern Ireland have welcomed a new GMS contract for 2018/19, which includes an investment of £8.8m in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GMC to be stripped of power to appeal fitness to practise decisions
The GMC should be stripped of its power to appeal against fitness to practise decisions made by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), a government review commissioned after the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has recommended. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Uptake of GP retainer scheme dwarfed by numbers quitting NHS each month
Fewer GPs are currently supported by the retainer scheme than quit the profession each month, analysis by GPonline has shown - as the BMA hit out at poor uptake and called for better promotion of the scheme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Former RCGP chair knighted and GP trainee recognised in Queen's birthday honours
Former RCGP chair Professor David Haslam has been knighted, and GP trainee Dr Nish Manek, who helped establish a scheme to prepare newly-qualified GPs to become the next generation of NHS leaders, has been awarded a British Empire medal, in the Queen's birthday honours. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

GP trainee among healthcare staff recognised in Queen's birthday honours
A GP trainee who helped establish a scheme to inspire, support and prepare newly-qualified GPs to become the next generation of NHS leaders has been awarded a British Empire medal in the Queen's birthday honours. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

GP Forward View 'failing to tackle GP crisis'
General practice remains in 'critical condition' because the GP Forward View has failed to make a major impact on recruitment and retention or unmanageable workload in primary care, a BMA report warns. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Doctors seek public inquiry over GMC handling of Bawa-Garba case
Senior doctors will demand a public inquiry into the GMC's handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and the resignation of the regulator's top officials at the BMA's annual conference this month. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

One in 10 GP practices could be forced to close by 2022, BMA warns
One in 10 GP practices in England may be forced out of business over the next four years - potentially driving 6m patients to find a new family doctor, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Why partnerships are not dead, according to GP leading major government review
The GP leading a government-backed review into how to revive the GP partnership model talks exclusively to GPonline about the 'mammoth task' ahead of him. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Partnership model 'not finished' says GP leading government review
The GP leading a government-backed review into how to revive the GP partnership model talks exclusively to GPonline about the 'mammoth task' ahead of him. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Practices unclear about patients' registration rights, charity warns
GP practices need more support to teach staff about healthcare entitlement to stop vulnerable patients being unfairly refused registration, a humanitarian charity has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: GPs drove down antibiotic use despite severe flu season
GPs defied extreme pressure during the severe flu season this winter to maintain reductions in antibiotic prescribing - in an achievement BMA leaders called a 'tribute' to the profession. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Practice-based occupational therapists could save NHS £200m and cut GP workload
Integrating occupational therapists into primary care services could save NHS mental health trusts £200m per year, a report suggests - and GP experts say the move would reduce practice workload. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Mishandling of 1m clinical letters wasted millions and put patients at risk, MPs warn
NHS England's failure to communicate effectively with GPs about handling misdirected clinical letters has wasted millions of pounds and may have caused harm to patients, MPs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Electronic prescriptions breakdown affects scores of practices on busy Monday
Scores of GP practices across Cumbria were unable to use the electronic prescription service (EPS) on Monday, resorting to handwritten scrips as a backlog of paperwork built up. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Government must relax visa rules to help NHS recruit GPs, warns RCGP
A 'common sense' overhaul of visa rules is needed urgently to help the NHS recruit overseas doctors to work as GPs in the UK, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Government must relax visa rules to help NHS recruit GPs
A 'common sense' overhaul of visa rules is needed urgently to help the NHS recruit overseas doctors to work as GPs in the UK, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GMC medical manslaughter review calls for written evidence
The working group behind the GMC's gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) review has called for health professionals and the public to submit written evidence for its ongoing investigation. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt picks workforce planning as top issue he could have handled better
Jeremy Hunt has highlighted workforce planning as the number one issue he could have managed better in a series of tweets to mark becoming the longest-serving health secretary since the NHS began. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Scottish government unveils extra GP training posts
The Scottish government has set out plans for an extra 85 training posts that will focus on encouraging medical students and experienced health professionals into general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

RCGP backs lifestyle app in drive to promote effective exercise
GP leaders have backed a campaign warning patients that intensity of exercise - not just counting steps or distance covered - is key to improving health. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

May deadline missed for update on state-backed GP indemnity
The government has missed its May deadline for updating the profession on plans to roll out state-backed GP indemnity next year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Record number of GPs planning to quit in next five years
Two in five GPs plan to quit direct patient care in the next five years - the highest figure ever recorded by a a long-running national survey. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

London 'rationing' scheme will hit GP workload and patient care, BMA fears
Proposals that could tighten GP referral criteria across London look like a 'cover for rationing', GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GPs should co-ordinate advice to prevent child obesity, MPs say
GPs should take the lead role in co-ordinating weight management advice and services to help avoid child obesity, according to report by MPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Obesity Source Type: news

NHS England unveils £10m GP retention fund
GP retention schemes across England will receive a share of a £10m funding package by July to help them maintain the general practice workforce, NHS leaders have announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

'Taking breaks would only make my 14-hour day longer'
Many GPs see taking breaks as simply impossible in the face of huge workload, a recent GPonline opinion poll shows. Responses from GPs reflect a profession under intense pressure. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news